Neither team scored until Mounsef Bakrar took a pass from Santiago Rodríguez in the 55th minute and scored his second goal in his fourth career appearance for NYCFC (6-10-12).
Vancouver (10-8-8) answered with the equalizer five minutes later when Gauld drew a foul on James Sands and converted the penalty kick for his 10th goal of the season.
NYCFC is 3-1-3 all-time in the series. NYCFC scored multiple goals in the first five matches before playing to a scoreless draw last season in Vancouver. The club is 2-1-1 in its last four home matches after a 0-3-3 stretch at home. NYCFC is 3-11-9 in its last 23 matches.
Vancouver had won three straight on the road in all competitions for the first time since June of 2015. The Whitecaps have never won four straight away from home.
Brian White saw a four-match goal streak on the road come to an end for the Whitecaps.
The Associated Press